Kentucky State Travel Guide

North America

Kentucky is located in the mid-western United States, between Ohio, Indiana and Illinois (north), West Virginia and Virginia (east), Missouri (west), and Tennessee (south). The state is divided into eight regions, namely Audubon, Bluegrass, Caves, Lakes & Corvettes, Eastern Highlands, Louisville-Lincoln, Northern Kentucky, Southern Lakes, and Western Lakes.

The Bluegrass State has warm, pleasant summers and mild winters without too stubborn snow. The summer temperature rises to around 27 degrees Celsius, while winter sees the mercury stop around freezing. The annual precipitation usually does not exceed 127 centimeters, although the southern regions can often feel slightly wetter. The spring and summer months are the wettest months of the year. Autumn is therefore an excellent season to visit Kentucky, although it is nevertheless advisable not to dress too lightly in the evening.

Flora in fauna

Kentucky slopes gently from the mountains of the Cumberland Plateau in the east to the low-lying Mississippi River basin in the west. In between are the rolling bluegrass covered hills for which Kentucky is famous. Incidentally, the blue color can only be seen in May, when the dwarf iris and the wild colombine are in bloom between the blades. The state’s forests are predominantly filled with oak, pine, and hemlock, with the occasional cypress growing along the rivers. Common animal species include raccoons, muskrats, badgers, gray and red foxes, and minks, along with protected species such as the bald eagle, cougar, and Kentucky cave shrimp. Of the 300 bird species are the red cardinal (the state bird) and the blackbird, which are a serious nuisance in large numbers

Main cities

Frankfort is the capital of Kentucky, next to larger cities such as Louisville, Lexington, Georgetown and Owensboro.


The city of Paducah is located in the US state of Kentucky. It may not be one of the most famous cities in America, but that doesn’t mean anything, because there is quite a lot to experience. It may be unusual, but consider a visit to the National Quilt Museum. They are not just blankets, but real works of art, so make sure that this unique museum is not missed during a visit to Paducah. Paducah City Park is an option for some nature around you. Here you can also make a Riverwalk over the concrete bridge. The view is really great while walking.

You can rent a car and drive to the Dry Ground Brewing Co. The brewery opened not long ago in an old Coca-Cola factory. There is a large selection of craft beers. For the non drinkers there are of course also drinks and there is the possibility to eat cheese, olives and the like. For art lovers there is the Lowertown Arts Districts. Here you will find 31 art galleries that you can step into. Don’t forget to make an appointment though, as some are not always open.

Barkley Regional Airport

One of the states where you can still experience Southern hospitality is in Kentucky. The state is not only filled with friendly people, it is also as if time has stood still. Country music, horses, fried chicken and long expanses of landscape are the defining words for the state. If you rent a car you can drive into nature and enjoy the beautiful landscape in peace.

A unique opportunity is the cave complex of Mammoth Cave. They are located in the National Park of the same name and may be visited by visitors. You can take a tour and safely through the caves and there is also an option to camp in the National Park. A somewhat larger city in the state is Louisville, where horse races are held and this is the main attraction of the city. The races are held at Churchill Downs and events such as the Kentucky Derby are even staged in May.


Kentucky is a beautiful state, with several natural highlights. The only National Park, Mammoth Cave is one of the largest cave systems on Earth. More than 380 kilometers of interconnected caves and passages are here for you to explore. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, a valley formed by erosion in the Appalachian Mountains, is also well worth a visit. Finally, Land between the Lakes also deserves attention; a peninsula between two artificial lakes, which calls for recreation.

Abraham Lincoln

The 16 th president of the United States was born in the tiny town of Sinking Spring, Kentucky. A 19th-century hut has been recreated on his birthplace that accurately reflects the atmosphere of yesteryear. The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site is also near the home where he grew up, a few miles away in Knob Creek.

Kentucky State Fair

An eleven-day annual fair in Louisville, brimming with old crafts, folkloric events and a major horse show. Traditionally held in August.

Kentucky Derby

The first Saturday in May is reserved for America’s most extravagant horse races. Compared to the English Ascot, a sea of ‚Äč‚Äčostentatious hats moves from the job to the catering and back again. The two-minute highlight of the festival of the same name in Louisville usually attracts around 150,000 visitors and is regarded as the social event of the year.